beauty insider: HOW TO CORRECT YOUR MOST COMMON BEAUTY MISTAKES

WE’VE ALL BEEN GUILTY OF ONE OR TWO HAIR, SKIN OR MAKE-UP MISTAKES {A-HEM, MAYBE WE STILL ARE!}

So with that said, here’s how to head off everyday beauty blunders.


COMMON MISTAKE: Using Conditioner All Over Your Hair
It’s an easy habit to get into, applying your conditioner as you do your shampoo: starting at the top of the head and working it all through the hair. But the hair closest to the roots is healthy new growth; it’s the ends that are older and more likely to be damaged. Apart from wasting product, conditioning the roots can weigh your hair down and make it look greasy.
A BETTER WAY: Starting at your ears, apply conditioner all the way to the ends. You will gain volume and won’t have to wash your hair as often.

COMMON MISTAKE: Overmedicating Blemishes
You get a zit, and you blast it with a spot cream. Then, for good measure, you apply some more. Arh- ah! Most of these treatments contain acids that penetrate the skin for hours after they are applied. Overuse can result in a burn that causes redness, peeling, and irritation.


A BETTER WAY: Follow the directions on the medication’s package; most say to use it once or twice a day. Avoid drying out your skin.

COMMON MISTAKE: Showering Until Your Body and Hair Feel “Squeaky Clean”
The sound may be satisfying, but it also indicates that ― either by staying too long in the shower or bath or by scrubbing too vigorously ― you’ve removed the natural oils and lipids that seal in moisture and protect your skin and hair.
A BETTER WAY: First, evaluate your tools and products: A loofah sponge or a medicated shampoo may be stripping your skin and hair. In general, try to limit your shower or bath time to 10 minutes or less and use warm, not hot, water.

COMMON MISTAKE: Using Moisturiser to Reduce Puffiness Around the Eyes
A salty diet, among other things, can cause fluid retention around the eyes. Step away from the eye cream! Hydrating ingredients hold water in the skin, so moisturisers and eye creams may make your eyes look even puffier.
A BETTER WAY: If the skin around your eyes is puffy but not red, irritated, or itchy, apply a cold compress or an ice pack for 10 to 15 minutes. You could also follow up with a lightweight eye gel containing caffeine. If your eye area is puffy, red, irritated, or itchy, see a dermatologist. You may have an allergic rash.

COMMON MISTAKE: Plucking Eyebrows Too Close to the Mirror
When you’re focused on every little hair, you don’t keep track of the shape of the entire eyebrow. The result? Thin or uneven brows.
A BETTER WAY: Find a large mirror near a window, then step back a few feet to survey your face. Brows should be in proportion to your face shape and the placement and size of your features. Move closer to the mirror and begin tweezing. Step back after every few hairs to check the symmetry of your brows.

COMMON MISTAKE: Spraying on Perfume After You Are Dressed
Perfume can stain fabric, and fabric fibers can make perfume smell unpleasant. Fragrance is formulated to be applied to the skin, where it interacts with the heat of the body.
A BETTER WAY: Before dressing, lightly dab or spray it onto the skin at one or two of the “pulse points” ― knees, wrists, base of the throat, and behind the earlobes. And don’t rub your wrists together. This breaks down a perfume’s molecular structure.

COMMON MISTAKE: Applying Foundation Without Giving Moisturiser Time to Dry
The creaminess of a moisturiser can cause makeup to thin out if the moisturiser hasn’t had enough time to soak into the skin. This can result in blotchiness and ultimately limit the amount of coverage your foundation can offer throughout the day.
A BETTER WAY: Wait 60 seconds, until the moisturizer is absorbed. Or, if you’re short on time, blot your face with a tissue after moisturising, then apply foundation.

{Pic: The Zoe Report}


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